Public vote to name new Hampshire town
A public poll will be held to decide the name of a new Hampshire town.
Fareham Borough Council is planning a new 7,000-home town on greenfield land north of the M27.
It has chosen three possible names, each with a "close historical connection" to the local area: Spurlings, Swansdell and Welborne.
A variety of voting methods are available and polling will finish on 31 March, with the winning name announced on 15 April.
- The name Spurlings is marked on the 1879 Ordnance Survey map. Today, there is a Spurlings Road north of the M27 at Junction 11.
- Swans Dell Cottage was occupied in 1841 by the gamekeeper of Roche Court and a labourer John Stares, and was also on the 1879 Ordnance Survey map.
- Welborne relates to fields immediately north of Kiln Road and south of Kneller Court.
The council's executive leader, Seán Woodward, said: "The identity of the new community is important and the name is obviously a critical part of that."